Five things to watch: Day One

Florida's Marquis Dendy is the latest Gator to shine in both the long jump and triple jump. Dendy swept both titles at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships and 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships. He will be looking to add more NCAA hardware at this year's NCAA Outdoor Championships, June 10-13, at Hayward Field. (Photo courtesy of Tim Casey at UAA Communications)

2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:

Day One

Men’s 10,000 meters (Final: 6:43 p.m.) – Oregon’s dynamic duo of Edward Cheserek and Eric Jenkins will try to duplicate the dominance they showed with a 1-2 finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships last November.

Men’s Javelin/Shot Put (Final: 5 p.m./5:30 p.m.) – It’s a family affair as Oregon senior Sam Crouser seeks to defend his NCAA title in the javelin, while his cousin, Texas senior Ryan Crouser, aims for a three-peat in the shot put after finishing second indoors.

Men’s pole vault (Final: 4 p.m.) – Akron’s Shawn Barber is a heavy favorite with nine clearances above 19 feet this season. Only world record-holder Renaud Lavillenie has jumped higher in 2015. Collegiate record of 19-7 ½ (5.98m) could be in jeopardy.

Men’s Long Jump (Final: 5:15 p.m.) – Florida’s Marquis Dendy begins the first leg of his quest to repeat as NCAA long jump/triple jump champion.  He faces stiff opposition from SEC rival Jarrion Lawson of Arkansas.

Heptathlon/Decathlon (100 hurdles, 11 a.m./100 meters, 11:30 a.m.) – The opening day of the multi-events will showcase Georgia’s 1-2 punch of Maicel Uibo & Garrett Scantling, the only two decathletes to score over 8,000 points this year. The heptathlon, on the other hand, features eight performers over 6,000 points, led by Mississippi State’s Erica Bougard.